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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
+1 352-395-5601
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One of Gainesville's best kept secrets

This is a wonderful place to take children. There are many different types of animals on display... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gainesville, Florida
Up close with wild animals

This is a great place to learn more about Florida's wild animals - and their animal colleagues... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gainesville, Florida
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The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and 250 individual animals in its collection, including white handed gibbons, red ruffed lemurs, ocelots, bald eagles, Galapagos tortoises, African grey parrots, and Matschie’s tree kangaroo. Days Open: Monday - Sunday 9am – 2pm. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is Gainesville’s community zoo and the training facility for the Zoo Animal Technology Program. Situated on 10 forested acres, students in the Zoo Animal Technology Program provide daily care for the animals as well as tours of the zoo grounds. The personalized tours are designed to give visitors a more educational and enjoyable experience and to give zoo students more experience working with guests.
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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
+1 352-395-5601
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to take children. There are many different types of animals on display with the main attraction being the monkeys. Since this is a teaching zoo, there are many students on hand to answer questions.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to learn more about Florida's wild animals - and their animal colleagues around the world. Because it is relatively small, you get to engage with the zookeepers in training and they love to share the stories of all animals you...More

Thank caoky60
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this zoo last month. It is small and well shaded. There are not a lot of animals, but seems perfect for smaller children. Nice place to spend a quiet hour.

Thank acphifer
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I have been here on class field trips with the kids and we have also been here as a family a few times. Every time we go there there is very little interaction with the staff when this is supposed to be a "teaching zoo"....More

1  Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a phenomenal zoo. Because it's a teaching zoo there are plenty of students around that you can ask questions. It's not a huge zoo but it serves its purpose beyond expectation.

Thank Sararupa P
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

This is a perfect outing for a young child. The zoo is well shaded with a variety of animals that include monkeys, birds, ocelots, reptiles, etc. Its the perfect size for small children to enjoy without getting bored or overtired that is sometimes the case...More

Thank Troualy
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

My toddler son just loved this place. Good conditions for animals, friendly staff, wide parking lot.

Thank ona_mo
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is a great zoo, and we're so lucky to have it locally. While it focuses on smaller animals, it's great to take the time to spend with monkeys, tree kangaroos, reptiles and birds. We love to go during the cooler months--if it's humid, remember...More

Thank Carrie C
Reviewed 11 June 2017

If looking for an activity for kids in Gainesville, the Santa Fe Zoo is a great one. It's small, so easy for kids to walk the entire zoo. It also has a play area for kids and picnic tables. You can find rare animals, as...More

Thank Susannah P
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Had low expectations regarding the variety of animals here when taking my son here for the first time. I was absolutely shocked to find a bunch of different monkeys, tree kangaroos (literally my boy's favorite animal), warty pigs, bald eagles, and a whole bunch of...More

Thank Jeffrey G
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Sasha H
23 August 2015|
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Response from Haley S | Property representative |
As a representative from the Zoo, we are open daily from 9:00AM - 2PM daily. We are only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tours are performed when scheduled in advance M-F, 9:30AM, 10:30AM, and 11:30AM... More